Associate Degree

The Associate Degree is a two-year full time course (or part-time equivalent).  It is not a suitable qualification for the majority of full-time paid ministry roles.  However, it would be a good option for people in some associate or part-time roles as members of ministry teams, or Christians who wish to be better equipped to serve in their current church, work, and /or home context.

The Associate Degree is also available as an exit point after two years / 64 credit points of study in the three year courses of BTh and BMin, provided that the appropriate subject requirements have been met.

Eligibility and Financial Support

If you have completed Grade 12 with an OP of 14 or better (or the equivalent interstate or overseas) and are proficient in English, you are eligible to apply for the course. If you are aged 21 years and over and can satisfy the college of your ability to study the course, you may be eligible for mature age entry without the Grade 12 requirement. If English is not your first language, you will need to be able to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English – please contact the Registrar for details.

The course is accredited within Australia as an award of the Australian College of Theology, of which QTC is a member institution along with around 20 colleges nationally. As such, it is a recognized course for the purposes of Fee-Help, Austudy, Youth Allowance (provided you meet the government’s eligibility requirements), and for Overseas Students (ACT CRICOS provider number is 02650E). Current fee levels for units studied in the Associate Degree can be found here.

What do I study?

The Associate Degree can be taken as an Associate Degree of Theology (AssocDegTh) or an Associate Degree of Ministry (AssocDegMin). At QTC, the course structure involves the completion of 64 credit points as follows:

  • Four subjects (16 cps) which survey the Old and New Testament documents respectively: OT301 & 302, NT301 & 302.
  • TRT52, Foundations of Systematic Theology, a unit designed to introduce you to the foundations of what we believe (2cps).
  • RYB32, Principles of Interpretation, a unit introducing you to skills for biblical interpretation (2cps).
  • CH306, The Reformation (4cps).
  • A unit on Christian Ethics, either PE402 or PE301 (4cps).
  • Two units focused on interpreting particular books or parts of the Bible, known as exegesis units (e.g. Romans, John, the Pentateuch), or two units of introductory biblical language study (Greek or Hebrew) (8cps).
  • One unit learning about a major area of Christian doctrine (4cps).
  • Students enrolled in the Associate Degree of Theology also take an additional 8cps of exegesis units, plus a further 8cps of Christian Thought: Church History, Christian doctrine (systematic theology), or philosophy/ethics/apologetics, areas where QTC has a particularly large number of options to choose from.
  • Students enrolled in the Associate Degree of Ministry also take an additional four units (16cps) of Ministry and Practice units, drawn from QTC’s range of elective units in practical areas including missions, youth and children’s ministry, preaching pastoral skills and more.
  • Any remaining credit points within the total of 64 can be used to study electives from any field, drawn from the list of subjects offered for the BTh at QTC.

Your next step?

Contact the QTC Registrar for more details or to apply.

QTC is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology. The CRICOS code for the ACT’s Associate Degree of Theology is 054716F